When I first began building my network marketing business twenty-three years ago, I thought I had some significant challenges. I was a single mom with young children who required a lot of my time and attention. I had no network marketing experience. And I had no money.
My children, and my desire to give them a better life, became a deep and abiding motivation—my why. Since I had no money, when team members would invite me to do a meeting in their city, I would have to drive rather than fly, sometimes being on the road for two or three days with a net result of two people enrolling. Since I couldn't afford hotels, I slept in my car in parking lots, getting dressed and doing my hair and makeup in gas station bathrooms.
At first, many of my business efforts were anything but productive, but I kept moving forward. Within a year I was making more money in a month than I could have made in a year teaching school. I made my first million by the time I was thirty-five.
As I started working with team members from different nations in Europe and Asia, I learned what real obstacles look like.
The first distributor to one area started shipping product over from the United States in suitcases. Because they had no formal postal system, the distributor leaders would take a train to a warehouse and stand in line for hours to get product, then take what they could get and return home to pass these products on to distributors in their area. My team members in the Republic of Georgia built their businesses before they had running water or electricity.
I have done meetings at the Lviv Opera House in the Ukraine with more than 2,000 people attending, and then learned that some had traveled three days by train to be at the event.
When my business started in this region, the average Ukranian income was about $100 a month. How could they afford the products? They believed in the value, they saw the opportunity, and they just figured it out. So when I hear people say, "The products are too expensive," I don't buy it!
Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal. I've been asked how it made me feel to be sleeping in my car in those early days. To tell you the truth, I didn't think about it. It was just what I had to do.
If you have decided that you will do whatever it takes to build your network marketing empire, then your eye will be so fixed on the goal, you won't see the obstacles on your path.
Take some inspiration and encouragement from my team members in Eurasia, hundreds of whom have become millionaires—even with seemingly insurmountable circumstances.
A former teacher, musician, and actress,
MARGIE ALIPRANDI began her career in
network marketing in 1989. Today her business
spans twenty-three countries and includes
over 100,000 distributors worldwide.